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One Pot Pasta

I created this dish for dinner last night. It was an easy and tasty meal and quite healthy although it tasted very rich. I tried the yoke less egg noodles for the first time and they are delicious and a healthy pasta alternative. This dish is ready in less than 30 minutes and is probably one of the simplest thing I’ve made to date. Have it for dinner tonight!

Ingredients List:

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 sweet onion sliced
  • 2 cups mushrooms sliced (i used a mixture of white sliced and portobello)
  • 1 lb  extra lean turkey
  • 1 large can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 jalapeño sliced
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 4 cups  chicken broth
  • 1 pkg  broad yokeless egg noodles
  • 1 container of Philadelphia Cooking Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup  loosely chopped fresh basil

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In a large pan add your olive oil and cook the onion, jalapeño and mushrooms on medium high heat until softened. Add the turkey and cook until browned and no liquid remains-about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes and wine cook for about 5 minutes. Add the broth and bring to a boil. Add the Pasta to the pot and cook (stirring occasionally) until pasta is al dente about 8 minutes. Add cream cheese,parm cheese and basil and stir into the mixture. Serve immediately.

Happy Friday!

Eat Well

Be Happy

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xo Lisa

Foodventure: Prince Edward County

About 2.5 hours east of Toronto off the 401 hides a gorgeous part of Ontario known as “The County”.  Up until 3 weeks, I had no idea that this incredible place existed. I fell into a work contract in Wellington Ontario by The Festival Players of Prince Edward County and it has turned out to be better than I could ever have imagined.

The County (as it’s referred to by locals) is home to the “new” wine country and manufactures some of the most incredible local foods. From sweat peas, to artisan cheese and delicious cider, it really is a place that anyone interested in local, whole foods should come to visit and support.

Yesterday. I bought this great book called The Ontario Table  by Lynn Orgryzlo and she states that if everyone one in Ontario spent $10.00/week on local food, drink and products it would generate billions of dollars into Ontario’s economy which means more jobs, more education and  more accountability to the people by the people. The choice to know where your food comes from and how it’s made.  If you think about it $10.00/week isn’t very much. In fact with $10.00 you can buy a bottle of wine or a block of cheese or  a bag of vegetables from your farmer’s market or fresh berries or mustards, or jams or…i mean the list is endless and it’s so easy to do anytime of the year. And it’s a lot easier than you would think no matter where you call home- Think about it and join me in this $10.00 a week challenge!

Today I spent the day visiting a few local hot spots in The County and got some great and tasty finds! I enjoyed the best pizza EVER at the County Cider Company, scored some delicious cheese at Fifth Town Artisan Cheese Co and The Black River Cheese Company, got spoiled with ice cream made by the Kawartha Dairy Company and purchased a few bottles of wine from the Waupoos Winery. A solid day of local fare!

****click on the picture for a closer look at my foodventure in Prince Edward County!

I hope everyone had a great Canada Day!

Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa

MacCheesy

Basic, Delicious and a Great way to purge your fridge.

My friend JMurph came over for dinner this evening and I was too lazy to do any grocery shopping over the weekend. I figured that  I had enough stuff kicking around at home to make some sort of meal. Turns out, I have all the ingredients neccesary to make Mac and Cheese. In fact, I have so many ends of different kids of cheese that this is more like a 4 cheese mac and cheese.

Ingredients List:

  • 2 shallots (chopped)
  • 2 Tbsp of Butter
  • 2 Cups of Noodles (cooked)
  • 2 Cups of Cheese
  • 1 1/2 Cups of light cream  (5%)
  • 2 Tbsp of Flour
  • 1/2 Tbsp of Dijon
  • 2 Cups of Bread  crumbs
  • 3/4 cup of kielbasa
  • salt and pepper to taste

**click on the picture for a more info about how to make MacCheesey Bake.

 

Signs of Spring are everywhere…LOVE IT! Love you.

Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa


Foodventure: Sunday Roast at Todd and Brian’s…

Last night, I went over to my friend’s Todd and Brian’s place for dinner. Todd is an incredible chef  see It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to entry for more info!

Dinner is always a lavish event with some cool people (met a great couple Kerstin and Shawn), tasty eats and some Kinect games. Todd made a beef roast with all the fixings including Yorkshire Pudding. We ended the meal with a  homemade Berry Pie with fresh cream. Are you jealous? You should be! But Todd was nice enough to reveal his Yorkshire Pudding Recipe and share it with me for the purposes of this blog. You will see that this is so easy to make and delicious.

**click on the picture for a more info about what we ate and the recipe for  Todd’s Yorkshire Pudding!



I’m going to Mexico on Thursday….Can’t wait to see all the foodventures I will get involved in there.  I’m off to the gym to work off pataters smothered in Duck fat! Thanks for reading. Happy Monday!

Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa

Foodventure: Honey Roasted Pork at JMurph’s House.

Last evening, I was invited over to my friend Jen’s house for dinner. She created a gorgeous meal for 3 and was a fab hostess. It’s been my intention to blog Foodventures that are more than just meals cooked by moi. So i figured that this would be a perfect opportunity to start blogging about fun food stories. The evening was filled with laughter and after the meal we ended up playing a couple of games of scrabble that quickly turned into a messy but hilarious game of drabble.

**click on the picture for a more info about what we ate!


Saturday night i am going to my first ever Vegan potluck. I’m really excited to get creative and make something totally fun and tasty. You can read all about it on Sunday. If you are interested in receiving the recipes for the stuff i noshed on last night or to learn the rules to drabble email me at foodventuresandotherstories@gmail.com.

Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa

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Lucky Parm!

Last night, I had some dear friends over for dinner, these folk all LOVE LOVE LOVE to eat, drink and be merry.  I knew that i wanted to make something that was delicious, hearty (to coat our boozy stomachs!) and low maintenance. We started off with roasted garlic, naan bread, goat cheese, sundried tomatoes and martini’s. The main event was chicken parm with fettucini alfredo and some delicious wines and we ended with mixed wild berry’s in maple syrup over vanilla frozen yogurt. All of these dishes were easy  to prepare ahead of time thus allowing me time to socialize without spending too much time in the kitchen. Here is my version of the Chicken Parm with Fettucini Alfredo.


Ingredients List:

  • 2 cups bread crumbs
  • 31/2 cups fresh parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup fresh basil chopped
  • 1 tbsp parsley (dry)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup and 1 tbsp of flour (put aside)
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1 cup of cream
  • 2 cans of tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup of arugula
  • 1 cup of baby spinach
  • 1 glove of garlic
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup of aged cheddar
  • 1 package fresh fettucini noodles
  • salt and pepper to taste

Serves 4

**click on the picture for a step by step explanation of How to make Chicken Parmesan and Fettucini Alfredo

 

A great evening with lot’s of laughter and love.

This is a perfect dish to make for a dinner party because you can coat and cover the chicken ahead of time and pop it into the oven about 30 minutes before you want to serve your meal. The alfredo sauce only takes about 10 minutes to make and the fresh pasta will cook within 3 minutes. Which means you only have to be in the kitchen for a minimal amount of time and you can spend the rest of the time hanging out with your guests.  You should make this tonight, it’s easy and it’s tasty! Let me know how it turns out. Happy Cooking!


Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa

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Fab French O

Last night, my parents stopped over in  Toronto from FLA. They do the long trek by car and so rather than another meal out, i decided that French Onion Soup would be the perfect remedy  for 2 long days in the car.

Ingredients List:

  • 1.5 large Spanish Onion
  • 6-8 med size shallots
  • 3 Tbsp Butter
  • 2 Tbsp Flour
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 3 tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 4 cups beef broth
  • French Bread
  • Gruyere Cheese
  • dry rosemary
  • Pepper
  • Parsley
  • serves 4*

The result is Fabulous…

****click on the picture for a step by step explanation of How to make Fab French O****

 

Overall, this delicious soup took about 2 hours to make. However, you could speed up the process. Just don’t overdo or burn the onions: obviously since they are the main event!

This dish is elegant and always impresses, add a bottle wine  and follow it up with some slices of Asian Pears for dessert.

Voila! un repas incroyable!

***These days I’m loving Sibling Rivalry white wine!


Eat well

Be Happy

Laugh loudly

xo Lisa